Holiday odds and ends

Well, perhaps one odd and one end.  I’ll leave it up to you to decide which is which. ;) (I know the holidays are long past at this point, but I’ve been wanting to share these.)

One of the dishes we had for our little family “Christmas” (on the 23rd) was roasted potatoes and carrots. I just grabbed a bunch of purple potatoes and a variety of carrots from the crisper drawer, and tried to cut them all into similar-size pieces.

When they came out of the oven, I was struck by how pretty they looked—I had used mainly yellow and purple carrots, and the purple carrots are really bright orange on the inside.  And I thought, THIS is why I like to grow lots of different colors of vegetables—they look so beautiful!  So I took a photo so that I could share it with you.  :)

Roasted potatoes and carrots

The other thing I wanted to mention was a wonderful gift I received from a coworker—it was called “Stovetop Potpourri.”  I thought it was such a clever gift—basically it was just an orange, some cranberries, some cloves, and a few sticks of cinnamon that she had put in a decorative, clear bag with a ribbon and a cute little tag that had the “directions” on it (which was simply to cut the orange in four pieces, put the entire contents of the bag in a pot of water on the stove, and simmer it).

I was thinking that it would be a great gift for me to give in the future—simple and inexpensive and yet so festive! I have to say, it smelled just wonderful—I simmered it on the stove all weekend, until the day after Christmas, when I decided it had given its all and would probably soon start to smell less than ideal.  But it really did make the house smell heavenly.

Here is a photo of it simmering away on the stove.

Stovetop potpourri

I guess there is one other thing—one of the things Trevor gave me for Christmas was a book called “Creating Your Backyard Farm,” which has just increased my desire to own chickens. . . .  :)

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4 Responses to Holiday odds and ends

  1. Jane Collins says:

    Hi Sandi.

    I’m happy to tell you that I’ve given you the Liebster Blog Award! Check it out: http://chocolat-earthcookie.blogspot.com/

    Have fun!!

  2. Melinda says:

    Very pretty! We also love growing the purple carrots (http://bit.ly/AzUQY8) in our clayey soil, but had a plethora of squash and beets this year. We cubed and roasted garlic, carrots, butternut, and parsnips with some fresh rosemary and evoo in one pan, then the beets in another to combine later. (If I add the beets prior to cooking, the other veggies take on a funky color.) When mixed in prior to serving, the beets look like rubies in and among the paler roots.

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